Kingston is a medium-sized city located in Eastern Ontario with a population of around 137 000. Kingston is a waterfront city, situated on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River, and the mouth of the Cataraqui River (south end of the Rideau Canal). Kingston is the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabek Peoples and was the first capital of Canada.
It is also located along Highway 401 and is 2.5 hours east of Toronto and 3 hours west of Montreal. Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, is 2 hours northeast of Kingston.
Currently, its largest employers are the military base (CFB Kingston & Royal Military College), Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital. Kingston is home to two universities (Queen’s University and the Royal Military College) and one college, St. Lawrence. Since Kingston is a sought-after retirement community, the proportion of senior citizens is higher than the Canadian average.
People in several smaller surrounding communities, such as Napanee, Gananoque, Inverary, Odessa, Amherstview, Sydenham, Harrowsmith, and Verona - to name a few - often work in Kingston since the distance is an easy commute. Several members of our church community live in these neighbouring communities.
Life in Kingston: Click on this link to learn more about life in Kingston, including the cost of living, types of work available, etc. You can learn about the amenities in various Kingston neighbourhoods here.
Schools: There are two English-language public school boards serving the Kingston area–the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. You can find out if you are eligible for school bus service, based on your address, here. There are also a small number of independent schools in the area, including two Christian elementary schools: Kingston Christian School and Destiny Christian Academy. Quinte Christian High School is located 45-minutes away in Belleville. There is a private bus service from Kingston to Belleville for Kingston students who attend Quinte Christian High School. There is also a chapter of the Ontario Christian Home Educators Connection in Kingston.
Jobs: Other members of the household or family looking for work can find opportunities here and assess their skills here. You may also find information from Kingston’s Chamber of Commerce, the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, or the Visit Kingston website.